Self help for depression symptoms
The symptoms depression manifests can be very difficult to live with. It’s tiring trying to manage the ups and downs, going from feeling great to feeling down. Sometimes it strikes with no warning, and no reason. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help with these symptoms when they arise.
There are the obvious ways, of course. These include therapy and counseling, and possibly even medications that can help. I definitely recommend counseling, they can make a great support system, and it’s also important to have someone you’re able to talk to who can help you through those down times.
Then there are some things you can do on your own to help with your depression symptoms. The key is finding the right combination of things that work for you. You may have to try out different ideas to see what works best. You also want to be sure to keep it fresh. Add in your own ideas, or change it up when necessary.
These are some ideas I have tried that work well for me, and a few that I would like to try as well. Again, be sure to choose what is practical and feels right for you!
- Practice self-awareness and mindfulness. These techniques are so important, and as you learn to master them, they will allow you to have more control over your thoughts and how you’re feeling. This is one of the most important, and I recommend working on these skills regularly.
- Learn to meditate. Meditation is another great skill. It promotes relaxation and peace, and helps to calm both the mind and the body.
- Keep a journal. Write down how you’re feeling, what’s going on in your life, etc. Keeping a mental health journal can help you to identify triggers, and help you keep track of things that work for you, and those that don’t. It also helps to get your thoughts out of your mind, and onto paper instead.
- Supplements and Essential Oils. You’ll want to check with your doctor first, but taking vitamins and other supplements can help to boost both your immune system and your mood. Essential oils are well known mood enhancers, and you can use this aromatherapy in so many ways.
- Stay active. Keeping yourself busy can help keep your mind from wandering into the negative thought zone. Go for a walk, exercise, find a hobby you love…whatever works for you to help keep you moving.
- Eat healthy foods. Eating the right foods is essential to feeling good. When you load your body down with unhealthy food full of sugars and carbs, it also affects your mind and your mood. Try to avoid sodas as much as possible, and be sure to drink plenty of water.
- Practice self-care. Treat yourself to some “you” time. Take time out to just relax without the stress of chores, errands, etc. Go have a spa day, buy yourself a new outfit, or plan a fun outing with friends. It’s so important to take time for yourself to do things that are fun and enjoyable. It’s no fun if you’re all work all the time.
These are just a few of many ideas and things you can do to help with your depression symptoms. You can use these as a preventative, or as needed when you start feeling your depression creeping back in. I also have a list of other natural way to ease both anxiety and depression symptoms.
You can even sit down and make a list of things you want to try. Practice them one by one, until you find what works best for you. Everyone is different, but these are some great basics to start with that will work for just about anyone.
There are some great resources out there that can help you with making a self-care plan to get you moving in the right direction! This ‘Love Yourself’ bundle is the perfect printable to help with creating a routine and track your progress! Just click on the link below for more info!
If there’s something you use that works for your depression symptoms that I haven’t listed, I’d love for you to share! I think we’re all looking for new and different ideas and tips to try. I hope these will help you as much as they have helped me!